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Be Captivated By Asian Sunsets

March 19th, 2010 by

I have always been fond of taking photos.  My father gave me my very first camera during my 6th birthday.  After more than a decade, I got to re-ignite my passion for photography when my partner gave me a DSLR camera back in 2007.  My partner decided to upgrade to a higher model so he gave me his old camera so that we can both take photos whenever we leave for trips.  It became another activity which we enjoyed doing together.  Because of our passion for photography, we really went out of our way to discover new places and to capture as many wonderful things as we can.  We love taking photos of landscapes, people, food, and SUNSETS.

Signal Hill, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Sunset Photo by: theshutterbugs

Here is a list of the different sunsets that we have seen all over Asia and captured through our lenses:

SIGNAL HILL, KOTA KINABALU (MALAYSIA) – Kota Kinabalu or KK, as it is popularly known, is the state capital of Sabah in Malaysia and is fondly described as a “pleasant Borneo surprise” as it is unexpectedly set between the magnificent South China Sea and rich tropical rolling hills.  It is gaining popularity among tourists who travel to Borneo and Sabah because of its strategic location.

Visitors of KK must definitely make time to visit the Signal Hill Observatory which can be found on Signal Hill located near the Kota Kinabalu Community Center.  It is a must-visit as it splendidly offers a breathtaking view of the town of KK including the distant islands of Tanjung Aru and Likas Bay.  We decided to visit this observatory late in the afternoon to catch the peaceful sunset.

THE EMPIRE HOTEL AND COUNTRY CLUB (BRUNEI DARUSSALAM) – Brunei is located at the north-west corner of Borneo. It is divided into four major districts namely Brunei Muara, Temburong, Belait and Tutong. Bandar Seri Begawan, the country’s capital, is located in the Brunei Muara district.   A lot of locals recommend a visit to the premier hotel of Brunei – The Empire Hotel and Country Club.  Guests are welcomed in the grandiose lobby and are treated to impressive rooms.  These rooms are complete with huge bathtubs and king sized beds plus Egyptian cotton sheets.   But we went out of our way to go out of the hotel and go past the swimming pools to reach the beach.  The beach was a bit rocky and was deserted when we got there.  We had the place to ourselves so we waited for the sunset and simply enjoyed the sound of the waves rushing to shore.

The Empire Hotel & Country Club Brunei Sunset  Photo by: theshutterbugs

ROXAS BOULEVARD, MANILA (PHILIPPINES) – Roxas Boulevard used to be called Dewey Boulevard and can be found in Manila, Philippines. It was named after the former president, Manuel Roxas.  Roxas Boulevard is known for its role in the history of the Philippines, line of reputable hotels, restaurants that serve a fusion of cuisines, and yacht clubs given that it runs parallel to the Manila Bay.  The Manila Bay is said to be the superb location for what locals claim as the perfect sunset.

ANGKOR WAT, SIEM REAP (CAMBODIA) – Angkor Wat can be found in Siem Reap (Cambodia) and is considered as the world’s largest religious monument given that it covers almost 200 hectares. It is known for the magnificent Khmer structure of the temples, bas reliefs, history and unexplainable magic.  The sunset, including the sunrise, is truly a visual treat in Angkor Wat.  It is enough to make you want to go back for more.

Roxas Boulevard Manila Sunset  Photo by: kitci

BOENG KAK LAKE, PHNOM PENH (CAMBODIA) – Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia.  It is also the largest city and is the center of Cambodia’s political, social, cultural and economic system.  We asked our tuk tuk driver, Giva, as to where it we can best view the sunset of Phnom Penh.  He proudly said that he knew just the place.  It turned out that he had the Boeng Kak Lake in mind.  This large lake is lined by different cafes, bars, and guest houses that are the perfect hangout places of the city’s backpackers.  These bars and cafes were built bamboo stilts over the lake.  The bar that we went to knew Giva very well that they agreed to have us set up our cameras as long as we ordered sodas.  One soda was sold to us for a US$1.  The sunset was definitely worth more than a dollar.

The best part about these sunsets is that each one seems to close a chapter in your life and yet signals the start of yet another day.  Each sunset comes with the promise of new adventures and another chance to start your life anew.

So the next time you visit a new place, try to catch the sunset from there.  It would sure come out differently from the one that you know back home.  It will make you sigh and think to yourself, “don’t you just love sunsets?”:)

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